5th Annual Women Artists Best in Show Winners

October 15, 2022 – January 14, 2023

To contact these Best in Show artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work, please visit the 5th Annual Women Artists Art Exhibition page for contact information.

Congratulations again to the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Best in Show (Traditional) – Jenna DuPlessis – “FLUSHED” – oil on canvas

BIS-124-trad.-Jenna-DuPlessis-FLUSHED-.bJenna DuPlessis is a figurative realist painter who currently lives and works in the beautiful desert of Tucson, Arizona. A self-taught artist from Southern California, she began drawing and honing her skills from a young age. She studied art history at UCLA, and discovered a passion for oil painting following her first formal class at the Kline Academy of Fine Art in Los Angeles.

A member of the LGBTQ+ community, her paintings delight in the magic of the female form, gender identity, and attention to the details that make each of us uniquely beautiful. She is inspired by other female realist artists such as Marilyn Minter, Alyssa Monks, Natalia Fabia, and Samantha French. Her work has been exhibited in several group shows and she is incredibly excited for this next phase of her art career.

To learn more about Jenna and to see more of her work, please visit her website.         

Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Gabriele Gracine – “I RECKON” – digital

BIS-49-dp.-Gabriele-Gracine-I-RECKON-.bI am a self-taught digital artist. My process is a proprietary technique I constantly explore and enhance. Using my gift of creativity to bring the power of beauty to the world is my primary motivation. I’m an intuitive artist, circumventing my conscious mind in order to create directly from my inner awareness.

My art is an emotional reflection of my inner landscape; simultaneously a reflection from my past, a snapshot of the present and a preview of the future waiting to be revealed. As I change and mature, my intuition seamlessly absorbs, incorporates and conveys the results to my creative processes. Allowing my images to take the lead in their actualization accesses the power of flexibility, freeing me from limiting expectations and the encumbrance of control.

Working intuitively invites and empowers the magic of mystery, delight and surprise to my art work. I strive for deeply personal communication with the viewer. My intent is to capture their wonder and imagination with an image of visual poetry that is unique, deeply personal and extends an invitation to consider further exploring the extraordinary digital world.

To learn more about Gabriele and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – Diana Fernández Vásquez – “STEP BY STEP” – bronze sculpture

BIS-15-3d.-Diana-Fernandez-Vasquez-STEP-BY-STEP-.bIt is for me to recognize what can be unearthed: to reveal what magnificence of light and colors of form discover the sensuality that lies within. With a courage gained through experience, I can break into these alabaster stones, revealing their secrets subdued, cloaked in the dusts of our Planet evolution, which is why I love stone sculpture. And my bronze sculptures are also a summary for the concept of art responsibility because are very durable, able to withstand the elements for many years when properly prepared.

Finally, the ability to use corrosive materials to create a patina allows to create a vibrant coating, because bronze is an incredibly important historical art medium for sustainable sculpture. To develop cosmic visions in fiberglass, is to create new visions of outer space with inner material, that is why in fiberglass I developed Red Moons and many other possibilities and much more that sculpturally merge with color and shape in a different way of my other sculptures in alabaster and bronze, which also represent the universal experiences that surround us.

To learn more about Diana and to see more of her work, please visit her Instagram.


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